Eugčne Ysa˙e

Biography

Born: July 16, 1858; Ličge, Belgium   Died: May 12, 1931; Liege, Belgium  
Eugène Ysaÿe was one of the greatest violinists who ever lived. He coupled beauty of tone and remarkable technical ability with a depth of musical expression that few violinists before or since can be said to have equalled, or even approached. Ysaÿe succeeded in breathing new life into an art that had become polarized by two divergent styles and personalities: the austere temperament of Joseph Joachim (1831-1907), and the flashy Read more virtuosity of Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908). Ysaÿe achieved a grand synthesis of these two approaches by imbuing the "serious" music of Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven, so dear to Joachim, with the flashy yet never superficial brilliance that Sarasate had been wont to apply to "lesser" works in the repertoire. Ysaÿe became the leading violinist of his time, spawning many illustrious pupils and proteges, among them Josef Gingold and Fritz Kreisler. Ysaÿe was also an accomplished composer, whose Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Opus 27 (1924) are recognized masterpieces of the genre.

Eugène Ysaÿe was born on July 16, 1858 in Liege, Belgium. He received his first violin lessons from his father when he was five years old. After this he studied with Rodolphe Massart, making his first public appearance at age seven. Ysaÿe was not, however, a prodigy; he was later kicked out of the Liege Conservatory due to poor performance! But he persisted, and went on to study with the famous violinist and composer Henryk Wieniawski (1835-80) with whom he made considerable progress; he was soon accepted as a student by the legendary Belgian violinist-composer Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-81).

In 1879, Ysaÿe made the acquaintance of Joseph Joachim, and performed with Clara Schumann. He soon began touring, visiting Norway in 1881, and playing at the Paris Conservatory in 1883. In Paris, he befriended the composer Cesar Franck, who wrote his beautiful Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major (1886) as a wedding present for Ysaÿe. This work soon became a signature piece for the violinist, who stamped it with his own inimitable style.

During this period, Ysaÿe founded the Concerts in Brussels that bore his name, as well as his own string quartet, which included his pupil Mathieu Crickboom, to whom Ysaÿe later dedicated the fifth of his Six Sonatas for Solo Violin. This ensemble premiered Claude Debussy's String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Opus 10 in 1893. A year later Ysaÿe made his first appearance in America, where he met with tremendous sucess, finally returning in 1918 to take over the post of conductor for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra which he held until 1922.

After his retirement from conducting, Ysaÿe devoted himself fully to composing, and the teaching of a select group of pupils, including Josef Gingold, who later went on to achieve international fame. By this time, Ysaÿe's performance technique had declined, due to a rapid deterioration of his right-arm stability -- a condition known to violinists as "bow tremor." This was probably the result of diabetes, with which he had been struggling for some time. Despite the fact that his performance career lasted for only 25 years, Ysaÿe exercised a tremendous influence on violinsts -- an influence still being felt today. His personal aura and grand musical sensibility were only two aspects of a complex personality that not only "played" but also lived the music he held dear. He was an authentic performer, an artist of immense stature and unmatched musical ability. Eugène Ysaÿe died on May 12, 1931, at the age of 72. Read less
Ysa˙e: Solo Violin Sonatas / Ilya Kaler
Release Date: 02/17/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555996   Number of Discs: 1
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    Reminiscences / Thomas, Libeer
    Label: La Dolce Volta   Catalog: 29 Release Date: 11/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    Sequenza / Wawrowski
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 558280 Release Date: 11/25/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Bjarne Brustad,  Grazyna Bacewicz,  Krzysztof Penderecki  ... 
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    Bach 2 the Future, Vol. 2 / Humphreys
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 118 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrian Sutton,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Sally Beamish,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Fenella Humphreys
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    Debut / Khalil
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: HC16044 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Gaspar Cassadó,  Dusan Bogdanovic,  Malcolm Arnold  ... 
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    Rewritings for Solo Violin / Cazzato
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: TC950003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paolo Geminiani,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Ottavio De Lillo,  Antonio Di Iorio  ... 
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    Ysaye: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin / Yim
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: DUX1226 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Jae-Hong Yim
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    Romantic Journey: Music for Violin & Piano / Lin, Jin
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1613 Release Date: 09/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Jules Massenet,  Eugčne Ysa˙e  ... 
    Performer:  Haoli Lin,  Hai Jin
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    Berl Senofsky in Concert at Expo '58, Brussels
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9470 Release Date: 08/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Józef Wieniawski,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Berl Senofsky,  Marie Louise Bastyns
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    Ysaye: Neiges d'Antan / Kantorow, Coeytaux, Salle Philharmonic, Liege
    Label: Musique En Wallonie   Catalog: 1681 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Svetlin Roussev,  Amaury Coeytaux
    Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
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    The Art of Midori
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518340 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Midori,  Robert McDonald,  Nobuko Imai,  Christoph Eschenbach
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    Ysaye: Violin Sonatas / Zimmermann
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554936 Release Date: 04/15/2016  
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
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    Ysaye & Yvonne / Smeulers
    Label: Genuin Classics   Catalog: 16417 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Yvonne Smeulers
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    Reve d'un enfant / Rosa, Powell
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 123 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Maurice Ravel,  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Sophie Rosa,  Benjamin Powell
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    On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin / Koornhof, Vorster
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3479 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Alexander Glazunov,  William Kroll,  Balys Dvarionas  ... 
    Performer:  Piet Koornhof,  Bernarda Vorster
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    Roberto Sawicki, Violon
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1455 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
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    David Oistrakh in Prague, 1966-72
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250320 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Leos Janácek,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
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    Works For Two Violins: Ysaye, Prokof'ev, Manzoli
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7738 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Andrea Manzoli
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    Ysaye: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 / Saeijs
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 536 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Frederieke Saeijs
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    Bach 2 The Future / Fenella Humphreys
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Cheryl Frances-Hoad,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Gordon Crosse  ... 
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    First Loves
    Label: Visionintoart   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Jules Massenet,  Franz Waxman,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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    The Best Of Tianwa Yang
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578317 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Astor Piazzolla
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    Sunken Cathedral: Classics For Kids
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7793 Release Date: 08/21/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Gabriela Montero,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 23.
    From The History Of The Tchaikovsky Competition Phonodocuments
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002349 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
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  • 24.
    Ysaye: Sonatas for Solo Violin / Ibragimova
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67993 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugčne Ysa˙e
    Performer:  Alina Ibragimova
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  • 25.
    Camilla Wicks: Five Decades Of Treasured Performances
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1282 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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